Yesterday, I witnessed the Herndon Climb for the third year in a row. I highly recommend adding this yearly tradition to your bucket list.
The short story is “the plebes (first year students at the academy) all work together to climb the greased monument and replace a plebe “dixie-cup hat” on top with a combination cover. This is the official end of the plebe year.” (check out the full Wiki page for more info).
I’m lucky to work for someone who lives a block away from the Naval Academy, so it’s easy to pop over during our workday. This year, I mentioned wanting to catch the start. Typically, we head over about an hour into the attempt and we only have to wait about 15-45 minutes to catch them get the cover on the top. While I am happy to say I finally watched a full attempt, it’s not something I’ll want to repeat, unless I get a spot in the shade. Unfortunately, I subjected my poor self to 2 hours of straight sun and I have the nasty sunburn to prove it. We could have moved out of the sun, but we had scored a really great spot right next to the media platform and had a really great view.
I took some video myself, but this is a great little snippet of the whole thing.
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I’ve never seen anything like that haha! Looks like fun, but a little crazy!
It is totally crazy, for sure!! It’s definitely worth checking out once! Haha, but I wouldn’t recommend trying to stay in Annapolis for this event. It’s commissioning week, which is basically this class moving up, and the senior class graduating, so there are a TON of people in town. I would imagine there are good deals outside of downtown.